Monday, December 5, 2011

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POINSETTIA:
THE CHRISTMAS FLOWER

Also called the "Christmas flower",
poinsettias are a great and safe way to
add festive color to your holidays.

This popular plant is widely misunderstood.

Hybrids have been developed in a variety of colors
(red, orange, pink, peach, white and yellow).
Variegated varieties show a broad range
of color combinations.

Contrary to popular myth,
poinsettias are NOT poisonous.

And the colored parts,
which most people think are the flowers,
are actually colored bracts (modified leaves.)
The actual flowers are quite small
and centered in each plant.

Native to Mexico, poinsettias grow to
10-feet tall in the wild.

13 comments:

  1. these shots remind me I have to go and buy some today and start decorating the house! thank you so much for your lovely comments on my vintage shots, glad they bought back memories!

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  2. Beautiful, reminds us that Christmas is near and needs celebrating.
    Every year I get a set of these flowers of the parents of a student athletic training, he cultivates.
    hugs
    Giovanna

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  3. I've never seen the hybrids, Rick. Love the variegated. I had the red in my garden but they become so tall with flowers only on top. It wasn't nice to look at,so I plucked the flowers. Now that Christmas is coming I miss them! Beautiful post! xx

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  4. Totalmente clima de natal,



    bjkas

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  5. i love these flowers. they always mean the holidays are here. they're so beautiful too. :)

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  6. Aaahhh! Poinsettia! Such a beautiful plant! We had them in the Philippines too. Poinsettia is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the US Minister to Mexico. He has a statue in Greenville, South Carolina where he is shown sitting on a bench. Tourists and locals may sit on the bench with him; as it is an interactive brass sculpture. Most of the statues in Greenville are like that. Anyway, he has a nice countenance (in the statute). I always try to have a poinsettia plant in December. Thank you for reminding me.

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  7. Today I bought a red ...
    Now by my side ...
    Merry Christmas.

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  8. Lovely series to day. We got this in ouer house now. You got so many colour!!!
    Have a nice-
    Greetings from Hilda

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  9. thank you for you comment. I'm honored to have you like follower.
    Hugs
    Valentina

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  10. This is my favourit flower!!! Wonderfull photos!!! kiss!!!

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  11. I really love this Christmas flower. Beautiful photos with Christmas spirit.

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  12. Lovely shoots.. The best one is the flower with double color in red and white!!

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  13. These are gorgeous images Rick, and thank you for all the info. I was one of those who believed they were poisonous. I knew about the bracts, but I never knew they could grow to be 10 ft. tall. that would be an amazing sight!!

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